Brock Osweiler getting the start week 11 against the Bengals

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Brock Osweiler
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Brock Osweiler /

The Denver Broncos are sticking with Brock Osweiler as the team’s starter for their week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals…

The Denver Broncos are sticking with Brock Osweiler as their starting quarterback for the third straight week Vance Joseph announced on Monday. It’ll be an Osweiler-led offense trying to get the Broncos back on track in week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Osweiler’s two games with the Broncos have been the team’s two worst games of the season, but not specifically offensively.

In Osweiler’s two starts, the Broncos have lost 51-23 (in Philadelphia) and 41-16 (in Denver vs. New England). That’s not indicative, honestly, of what kind of difference Osweiler has made.

The Broncos surrendered 24 points to the New England Patriots off of special teams errors this past weekend, and Osweiler threw a couple of picks against the Eagles just trying to make something happen and doing a little too much.

There are a couple of key reasons why Osweiler is still the starter for the Broncos, the first reason being that Paxton Lynch is still apparently not ready. The other reason Osweiler is still starting for Denver is the fact that he just understands NFL defenses far better than Trevor Siemian does at this point, and he’s capable of moving the ball down the field at a much higher frequency than Siemian.

The Broncos’ offense with Osweiler has at least been competent, with Osweiler delivering a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in consecutive games and Emmanuel Sanders really getting going this past weekend against the Patriots.

Prior to Thomas’ touchdown against the Eagles two weeks ago, he hadn’t caught a touchdown in 15 regular season games. Not surprisingly, the Broncos have been very bad in those 15 games.

The greatest statistic from Osweiler’s most recent start? Take a look, and feast your eyes:

This was a critical area of weakness for Siemian, who had problems not only holding onto the ball far too long, but also drifting back into the pocket and allowing a much easier angle for pass rushers to take.

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Siemian’s inability to appropriately get the ball out quickly has likely cost a couple of guys jobs on the offensive line, but the Broncos’ pass protection held up against the Patriots to the tune of just one hit allowed on Osweiler, and no sacks allowed.

Until Paxton Lynch gets fully healthy, there’s no reason to think anyone else is going to start for the Broncos this season besides Osweiler.